Well, the answer is ‘yes’: it’s best to have both if you can, but if you can only choose one, choose the air purifier with a true HEPA filter. Here’s why: a true, certified HEPA filter has dense fabric-like woven fibers that have very small spaces in between where only air can pass through—true HEPA filters trap the very smallest particles, everything larger than 0.3 microns, which includes dust, dust mite parts, pet dander / pet hair, human hair, pollen, mold spores, bacteria, and some viruses. Certified HEPA filters are designed to trap the particles that cause allergy problems, or allergy symptoms. Certified means AHAM certified (American Home Appliance Manufacturers Association); the filter has been tested by this independent testing group and certified to remove 99.97% of particles 0.3 microns and larger.
Adding an ionizer is good because it can make the HEPA filter even more effective. As the ionizer releases ions in the air, the ions cause small particles (especially pet dander) to stick together, making them heavier and easier for the HEPA filter to trap. One thing to remember, however, is to choose an air purifier that does not produce ozone. Ozone has been proven harmful to humans/animals over and over, and it’s actually a respiratory irritant, which will only increase your allergy symptoms. The best ionizers produce only an OH- or hydroxyl ion, which has the same effect on particles, but is not harmful, and has actually been found to even help depression! Negative ions also destroy bacteria/viruses in the air so they tend to help keep colds and flu under control, as well.
The other very important thing to remember about HEPA filters is that you must replace them regularly, especially if you have indoor pets. When a HEPA filter becomes clogged, 2 main things begin to happen: 1) backflow / leakage of unpurified, allergy-aggravating air because some of the air drawn in cannot pass through, 2) the air purifier is stirring up air-and allergens—and with a clogged filter, it is blowing around polluted air, which can actually make allergy symptoms worse, and 3) increased energy costs / higher utility bills--as the air purifier is having to work harder to get the air through the clogged HEPA filter, more energy is used. Replacement of your HEPA filters ensures that you will continue to breathe clean healthy air, and reduces the chances of an allergy attack, and you’ll probably see a reduction in allergy medication costs.
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